Lions Club planning to brighten up city's annual Christmas parade
Annual procession will become 'electric light' nighttime event
From Staff Reports
Feb. 27, 2008 - February sounds a little early to start planning for a Christmas parade, but not when plans of this magnitude have to be hammered out.
Members of the Sulphur Springs Lions Club, long the sole sponsor of the city's annual Christmas Parade the first weekend in December, will team up with the city of Sulphur Springs, the Downtown Business Alliance and the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce to put on a full-tilt electrified, nighttime promenade this year.
Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell announced Tuesday that the Lions Club has decided to join in with the other groups to create a nighttime electric light parade.
"This Christmas should prove to be very exciting!" wrote Rita Edwards, president of the Downtown Business Alliance, in an e-mail to the group's members.
The idea had been discussed during several of the regular weekly meetings of the downtown alliance of merchants, who meet each Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. at Judy's Kitchen.
While the plans have yet to be formulated, the general idea is to hold a parade at night that will feature floats and vehicles sporting electric lights and displays.
In an e-mail announcing the move, Maxwell wrote that the Lions Club will still want to continue to be the lead sponsor of the event, a longtime tradition in the city, but change to the nighttime "electric light parade."
"We are envisioning a joint committee of the Lions Club, the DBA, the City and the Chamber of Commerce to pull this off," Maxwell wrote. "It's time to get started!!!!"